Why gluten free? It’s not easy to do, so there must be some reason so many people are removing wheat, barley, and rye from their diets. Turns out there are plenty of good reasons.
Many people decide to eat gluten free due to a medical condition called Celiac disease.
This means that Celiac suffers lack the enzyme necessary to process gluten, a protein found in wheat. Other people simply choose to go gluten free due to sensitivity to gluten or wheat. While they don’t test positive for Celiac disease, they know that gluten makes them feel horrible – bloat, gas, diarrhea, gut pain, and so much more.
For the rest of the population, the answer to ‘why gluten free?’ isn’t quite so cut and dry. A lot of doctors will tell you that there are no proven health benefits. Others will tell you that drastically dropping your carb intake – and grains that contain gluten are a great place to start – will help with insulin resistance and lower your chance of developing diabetes.
That’s why gluten free eating is now a way of life for me – a nurse pointed out that my constant cycle of food cravings followed by crushing fatigue indicated a growing problem with insulin resistance. If I didn’t get my carb intake under control, I was at risk of diabetes.
If you’re considering going gluten free, the best thing to do is to cut it from your diet for an extended period of time and see if it’s right for you.
Diagnosing Celiac disease requires a biopsy of the small intestines and / or a blood test. A friend of mine has just gone through it. The frustrating thing about this test is that, after you’ve eliminated gluten and realized that it’s a problem, you have to go back on the problem diet. The biopsy requires the presence of gluten in your system to check for the enzyme.
Many people with Celiac disease don’t have any symptoms that can be pinpointed but they often report having body pain, stomach issues, and other problems that are often misdiagnosed as autoimmune problems.
Celiac disease can actually be very dangerous and can even cause death due to intestinal cancers if not treated properly.
If you’re concerned that you may have gluten intolerance, talk to your doctor. You can also try eating gluten free for a while to see if any symptoms you do have are reduced or eliminated. For me, the change was so dramatic that I had to go shopping for new clothes!
Keep in mind that by eating gluten free you are eliminating a source of B Vitamins which are very important to good health. Supplement and replace nutrients accordingly when eliminating a food from your diet.
If you have any of the following conditions a gluten free diet may help. Talk to your doctor before making any serious changes to your diet.
* Brain Fog
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Chronic Migraines
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Joint Pain
* Severe Stomach Pain
* Skin Rashes
* Weight Loss
This is just a small list. But, if you have these or a lot of nonspecific symptoms that your doctor doesn’t seem to be able to cure, try doing a gluten elimination diet.
Keep in mind that simply stopping gluten may not actually do anything until the damage is repaired.
This is why some people go on a two week gluten elimination diet and find no relief from their problems. After that dramatic drop in my clothing size, other changes were slow to show up. Instead, try to go on a 100 percent gluten elimination program for at least a year to ensure that you’ve tried everything.
Gluten hides in a lot of things and even the smallest amount can affect people with true Celiac disease.
It’s a serious condition that is frequently undiagnosed due to the expense and time it takes to get a proper diagnosis. By some estimates up to 5 percent of the population may be living with Celiac disease and even more may be sensitive to gluten and benefit from a gluten free diet – many of which may not even know it.